Written by: Mustafa Afridi

Directed by: Saife Hassan

Produced by: Momina Duraid Production

With yet another perfect episode, Ehd e Wafa has set up a great precedent for the drama as a whole! This episode was once more filled with excitement and emotion. Shariq’s (Wahaj Ali) entire storyline developed further as he finds out more about his sister’s situation, and his storyline was truly the most emotional and revealing of all.

Shahzain (Osman Khalid Butt) is getting engaged to Raani (Zara Noor Abbas) but his falling out with Saad (Ahad Raza Mir) is creating a huge divide in the friend group sadly. Saad shows different sides to his character as he helps a fellow student at  the academy with personal issues, thus showing that he has a kinder, more gentle side to him. Overall, a well-paced episode that not only delivered a great social message but also contained lighthearted, funny moments.

Beginning with the major positive point of the episode, I think Shariq’s entire character arc has turned out very well, and has shown that he is in the end a person capable of error and flaws. Of course, Shariq’s sister was the best part of it all; she was strong, capable and fought for herself when Shariq tried to wrongly blame her. The writer Mustafa Afridi has done a great job with every character no doubt, but the way the situation with Shariq’s sister was handled was quite commendable.

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The ethical dilemma of taking bribes and then later revealing it was for his wife’s cancer showed that the writer was concerned with actually addressing the many sides of corruption and not just simply glossing over its complexities for the sake of making a social point. Wahaj Ali is doing wonders to his character and we hope to see more of his development in future episodes!

Speaking of nuanced characters, Ahad Raza Mir’s Saad is another highlight of this episode as we see back-to-back the different sides he has. With Dua, with a friend he has a grudge against, with his troubled classmate…we start to find out that Saad isn’t simply good or bad, but a legitimately talented and strong guy who also has a bad side. And Ahad Raza Mir is a major plus point in making this character impactful, so kudos to him for managing to create a dynamic portrayal.

This episode once again was well-shot and had a great pacing. While there were many serious scenes, they were offset by lighthearted scenes such as the ones with Raani. The director Saife Hassan needs to be applauded for the way he has managed to construct it so delicately in a way that the experience ends up being satisfying to the audience and not emotionally draining. It is hard to give enough attention to detail when there are so many characters and moving pieces but Saife Hassan has managed to balance everything out, and him along with the production team should rest assured the end product is a joy to experience!

Needless to say, we are excited for what lies ahead for these dynamic characters that have won our hearts in such a short time and can’t wait for next Sunday! Let me know your thoughts about this episode.

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